Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run goes virtual for 2020

WhatsOn Sep 11, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

In high school at Bishop Ryan, Giordan Caruso was a fitness fanatic and standout athlete on the football field and wrestling mat.

Caruso, now 23, has maintained a healthy lifestyle as a Laurier Brantford student, where he’s studying criminology with a goal to become a Hamilton police constable.

Midway through his second year at Laurier, Caruso developed a nagging cough. Having never been sick for more than a day in his life, he shrugged it off and planned to see a doctor once the school year was done.

But before long Caruso was coughing uncontrollably, so much so that his mother urged him to go to the hospital. He was also suffering from night sweats and losing weight.

After a months-long diagnosis journey, Caruso found out he had cancer. On June 12, 2019, he was informed it was stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“I remember my reaction was just shock,” said Caruso.

At the time, Caruso had just passed his police fitness test.

“It kind of opened up my eyes that cancer’s not picky. It picks whoever it wants,” Caruso said.

Today, Caruso looks just as strong and fit as he did in high school, thanks in large part to the support of his family and the care team at Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Caruso finished his cancer treatments in November and a subsequent test showed his cancer is in remission.

Last year, Caruso took part in the Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run at Confederation Beach Park as part of Team Caruso.

This year, he’s the keynote speaker for the 40th annual Stoney Creek fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation. He will deliver his speech for this year’s virtual event on Sept. 20 via Zoom.

Looking back at his cancer battle, Caruso said the worst part was waiting for a diagnosis. The news came as a shock to Caruso’s family, but everyone rallied to help.

All Caruso needed was a plan and he knew he’d be OK.

“Once they told me the plan and I was introduced to my doctors at the Juravinski (Cancer Centre), it was smooth sailing,” said Caruso.

There were, however, tough times along the way. Caruso recalls the shock of his first round of chemotherapy. After day one, his body collapsed, and he faced difficulties moving his limbs.

For Caruso, a positive mental mindset kept him motivated to defeat cancer.

“I’m stubborn,” he said. “I want to win at everything I do. Cancer for me was just a challenge; I wanted to beat it. I got diagnosed with it, but I wasn’t going to let it win.”

At last year’s Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run, Caruso was surrounded by family and friends on Team Caruso, who supported him in his journey.

“That was awesome that everyone could be there for me. They all helped me out,” he recalled.

Marisa Mariella, site co-ordinator for the Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run, asked Caruso to be this year’s keynote speaker and was pleased he kept his word.

Mariella is Hamilton secondary school teacher who met Caruso while acting as the staff adviser for the Celtic Circle leadership group at Bishop Ryan. Caruso was a peer mentor with the group.

“I am so grateful and honoured (Giordan is) this year’s keynote for our event,” said Mariella.

Caruso’s keynote speech will be presented on Zoom Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

Participants can walk, run or ride around their own neighbourhoods on Sept. 20 or another day of their choosing, to participate in this year’s virtual event.

Participants can register as an individual, family or a virtual team. Visit https://terryfox.org/ and click the link for the Stoney Creek site.

This fall marks the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, a trek from St. John’s to the Thunder Bay area, where Fox was forced to end his run due to failing health. Battling cancer and running with an artificial leg, Fox ran nearly a marathon a day for 143 days to raise funds for cancer research.

Since then, more than $750 million has been raised in his name worldwide. Proceeds from Terry Fox Runs across Canada benefit cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation.

Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run goes virtual for 2020

Event marks 40th anniversary of original Marathon of Hope

WhatsOn Sep 11, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

In high school at Bishop Ryan, Giordan Caruso was a fitness fanatic and standout athlete on the football field and wrestling mat.

Caruso, now 23, has maintained a healthy lifestyle as a Laurier Brantford student, where he’s studying criminology with a goal to become a Hamilton police constable.

Midway through his second year at Laurier, Caruso developed a nagging cough. Having never been sick for more than a day in his life, he shrugged it off and planned to see a doctor once the school year was done.

But before long Caruso was coughing uncontrollably, so much so that his mother urged him to go to the hospital. He was also suffering from night sweats and losing weight.

After a months-long diagnosis journey, Caruso found out he had cancer. On June 12, 2019, he was informed it was stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“I remember my reaction was just shock,” said Caruso.

At the time, Caruso had just passed his police fitness test.

“It kind of opened up my eyes that cancer’s not picky. It picks whoever it wants,” Caruso said.

Today, Caruso looks just as strong and fit as he did in high school, thanks in large part to the support of his family and the care team at Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Caruso finished his cancer treatments in November and a subsequent test showed his cancer is in remission.

Last year, Caruso took part in the Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run at Confederation Beach Park as part of Team Caruso.

This year, he’s the keynote speaker for the 40th annual Stoney Creek fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation. He will deliver his speech for this year’s virtual event on Sept. 20 via Zoom.

Looking back at his cancer battle, Caruso said the worst part was waiting for a diagnosis. The news came as a shock to Caruso’s family, but everyone rallied to help.

All Caruso needed was a plan and he knew he’d be OK.

“Once they told me the plan and I was introduced to my doctors at the Juravinski (Cancer Centre), it was smooth sailing,” said Caruso.

There were, however, tough times along the way. Caruso recalls the shock of his first round of chemotherapy. After day one, his body collapsed, and he faced difficulties moving his limbs.

For Caruso, a positive mental mindset kept him motivated to defeat cancer.

“I’m stubborn,” he said. “I want to win at everything I do. Cancer for me was just a challenge; I wanted to beat it. I got diagnosed with it, but I wasn’t going to let it win.”

At last year’s Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run, Caruso was surrounded by family and friends on Team Caruso, who supported him in his journey.

“That was awesome that everyone could be there for me. They all helped me out,” he recalled.

Marisa Mariella, site co-ordinator for the Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run, asked Caruso to be this year’s keynote speaker and was pleased he kept his word.

Mariella is Hamilton secondary school teacher who met Caruso while acting as the staff adviser for the Celtic Circle leadership group at Bishop Ryan. Caruso was a peer mentor with the group.

“I am so grateful and honoured (Giordan is) this year’s keynote for our event,” said Mariella.

Caruso’s keynote speech will be presented on Zoom Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

Participants can walk, run or ride around their own neighbourhoods on Sept. 20 or another day of their choosing, to participate in this year’s virtual event.

Participants can register as an individual, family or a virtual team. Visit https://terryfox.org/ and click the link for the Stoney Creek site.

This fall marks the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, a trek from St. John’s to the Thunder Bay area, where Fox was forced to end his run due to failing health. Battling cancer and running with an artificial leg, Fox ran nearly a marathon a day for 143 days to raise funds for cancer research.

Since then, more than $750 million has been raised in his name worldwide. Proceeds from Terry Fox Runs across Canada benefit cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation.

Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run goes virtual for 2020

Event marks 40th anniversary of original Marathon of Hope

WhatsOn Sep 11, 2020 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

In high school at Bishop Ryan, Giordan Caruso was a fitness fanatic and standout athlete on the football field and wrestling mat.

Caruso, now 23, has maintained a healthy lifestyle as a Laurier Brantford student, where he’s studying criminology with a goal to become a Hamilton police constable.

Midway through his second year at Laurier, Caruso developed a nagging cough. Having never been sick for more than a day in his life, he shrugged it off and planned to see a doctor once the school year was done.

But before long Caruso was coughing uncontrollably, so much so that his mother urged him to go to the hospital. He was also suffering from night sweats and losing weight.

After a months-long diagnosis journey, Caruso found out he had cancer. On June 12, 2019, he was informed it was stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“I remember my reaction was just shock,” said Caruso.

At the time, Caruso had just passed his police fitness test.

“It kind of opened up my eyes that cancer’s not picky. It picks whoever it wants,” Caruso said.

Today, Caruso looks just as strong and fit as he did in high school, thanks in large part to the support of his family and the care team at Juravinski Cancer Centre.

Caruso finished his cancer treatments in November and a subsequent test showed his cancer is in remission.

Last year, Caruso took part in the Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run at Confederation Beach Park as part of Team Caruso.

This year, he’s the keynote speaker for the 40th annual Stoney Creek fundraiser for the Terry Fox Foundation. He will deliver his speech for this year’s virtual event on Sept. 20 via Zoom.

Looking back at his cancer battle, Caruso said the worst part was waiting for a diagnosis. The news came as a shock to Caruso’s family, but everyone rallied to help.

All Caruso needed was a plan and he knew he’d be OK.

“Once they told me the plan and I was introduced to my doctors at the Juravinski (Cancer Centre), it was smooth sailing,” said Caruso.

There were, however, tough times along the way. Caruso recalls the shock of his first round of chemotherapy. After day one, his body collapsed, and he faced difficulties moving his limbs.

For Caruso, a positive mental mindset kept him motivated to defeat cancer.

“I’m stubborn,” he said. “I want to win at everything I do. Cancer for me was just a challenge; I wanted to beat it. I got diagnosed with it, but I wasn’t going to let it win.”

At last year’s Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run, Caruso was surrounded by family and friends on Team Caruso, who supported him in his journey.

“That was awesome that everyone could be there for me. They all helped me out,” he recalled.

Marisa Mariella, site co-ordinator for the Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run, asked Caruso to be this year’s keynote speaker and was pleased he kept his word.

Mariella is Hamilton secondary school teacher who met Caruso while acting as the staff adviser for the Celtic Circle leadership group at Bishop Ryan. Caruso was a peer mentor with the group.

“I am so grateful and honoured (Giordan is) this year’s keynote for our event,” said Mariella.

Caruso’s keynote speech will be presented on Zoom Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

Participants can walk, run or ride around their own neighbourhoods on Sept. 20 or another day of their choosing, to participate in this year’s virtual event.

Participants can register as an individual, family or a virtual team. Visit https://terryfox.org/ and click the link for the Stoney Creek site.

This fall marks the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, a trek from St. John’s to the Thunder Bay area, where Fox was forced to end his run due to failing health. Battling cancer and running with an artificial leg, Fox ran nearly a marathon a day for 143 days to raise funds for cancer research.

Since then, more than $750 million has been raised in his name worldwide. Proceeds from Terry Fox Runs across Canada benefit cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation.